UTICA – New York State Department of Transportation held a community forum where they gave an overview of the Route 5S project.
The new road will have less traffic lanes, and is expected to be safer for drivers and pedestrians.
DOT staff plan to have the project complete by the fall of 2020. They are currently working with Verizon and National grid to reorganize their infrastructure to make way for the new road.
At the community forum, DOT staff went over changes being made to the road, such as adding bike lanes and a roundabout.
Brian Hoffmann, DOT Regional Design Engineer, says multiple community meetings have been held to get input from the public about the new road.
"We’ve had over 30 different meetings with various members of the public, various stakeholder groups, with the city of Utica, and different community groups all across the city, Hoffmann said. “And we've held three different public information meetings as well, at different stages of the project development, and we did receive a lot of input and it certainly shaped the project that is under construction now."
Right now the DOT is in the first phase of construction. DOT staff hope to have this aspect of the project complete by the summer so that they can delve into the next phase of construction.